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Matching colors: what to match and how to match

Personally, I think, color matching is a tricky area for reasons that I am going to discuss here. This post also aims to provide a general guide of how to match colors if you decide to do this. 

One of the classic situations: you need to dress up for an occasion and  you find a red bag and a red pair of stilettos to match the color. At first glance it looks like a perfect match but once you arrive to the location, you feel that it looks strange. But why?!

First, this situation is called “anti-effortless chic”. In addition,  matching shoes with bag is a very outdated idea. I am not saying you can’t do this. You can, if you are aware of it and have enough sense of humor to go out looking as if you have spend a lot of time in front of the mirror :)) 

Another situation is when you see a very cool little red bag but decide that you have nothing to match it at home. You opt not to take it just to spend the whole afternoon regretting. But why?!

This is because your intuition tells you that you don`t have to match your little red bag with anything to look chic. Just wear it with jeans and shirt. Done. 

 

Now, how to match then? Here are few advices that one might found helpful:

  1. Match unusual items like earrings with shoes.1521435487898-2
  2. If neutrals, I do match shoes with blouse or jacket. It often gives a finished look but without overdoing. With brighter colors it becomes tricky.IMG_7963
  3. Pick matching tones for a better siluette. The trick is, however, to pick very different textures – otherwise the outfit will give an impression of a poorly and tastelessly matched look (nothing to do with effortless mess !!!).
  4. Match colors of bag and shoes if they contrast with each other stylistically ( one is sporty, another is office ).

Have fun matching!

 

 

 

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Why this year tassel earrings will save your wallet and outfit

In the times when the transition between a workday and a dinner is narrowed to the  distance between the workplace and the restaurant, an ability to modify the outfit in no time is precious. Statement accessories are the key to such transformation. Below is  the solution to this “no time –  pretty me” dilemma. 

Whether you wear yellow scale high heels or a pair of sneakers to your work, going out requires a little of an upgrade. Jewelry is one of the best ways. However, nobody will carry extra golden pieces in their bags the whole day. A super-hot trend that costs very little and provides plenty of room to experiment is tassel earrings. Tassels earring represent a simple and beautiful way to upgrade most of outfits. For the cost of a fraction of a jewelry, they make a statement and boost the mood.

I also found out that wearing tassel earrings with very causal clothes (grey pullover for my yellow tassels) helps to create the everyday cozy chic. Bold colors and textures are the key. At the same time, the simple shape and less kitch always is an advantage. Have fun!

 

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When you don’t know what to wear, wear Boho. Here is why.

It happens very often: you are invited to meet for a dinner ( housewarming party, birthday or a baby shower) and you have no idea what the crowd will be like! How to dress up ? I found that Boho chic style is a solution for almost any scenario. 

Except for corporate event where the dress code is defined, multiple occasions involve people from different occupations, backgrounds and professions. As interesting and intriguing it can be, choosing the dress for such an event is always a challenging task. You know that someone who comes in a cocktail dress and another someone who wears pajama pants (not as a fashion statement). So what to wear to feel chic and comfy and to fit everywhere?   By experimenting, I found that Boho style works the best. There are few features that make this style universal:

  1. Layers: practically and stylistically this is an easy way to adjust to any environment.
  2. Bohemian roots ( more history of this style is discussed below): a symbol of freedom and free spirit – sure it is going to fit everywhere!
  3. Any, even very bold accessory does not look as “too much” but at the same time allows you to look chic.
  4. Boho can be easily adjusted to any economic situation and be chic despite historically being a budget-friendly style (in contrast to evening gowns). It has a lot of flexibility and individualism in it.

A little bit of a history. While we agree that the first association with boho chic comes from “make love and not war” statement,  roots of this style are much older than popular and never-out-of-fashion 70s. Boho chic style goes back to Bohemians and here the things are getting complicated. Bohemians are believed to be Bohemian Romanies that originated in Eastern Europe from Northern India about 1000 years ago (Kendrick, Donald (2007). Historical Dictionary of the Gypsies (Romanies) (2nd ed.). Scarecrow Press.).  Bohemian Romanies (“Gypsy”) gave an idea of free spirit and expression to poor artists much later (18th century) in France, especially after french revolution lead to lack of art support and patronage by wealthy people. Bohemian style at that time represents a different approach to artistic expression.

 Here I am citing the article about history of Bohemian style written by D.Monet https://bellatory.com/fashionindustry/BohoTheFashionHistoryofBohemianClothes:

“With their long flowing hair and rich, though threadbare fabrics, bohemians stand out in a crowd representing a colorful counterculture based on creativity, poverty, and an indifference to social structures and traditions…. A new cult of personality emerged with the artist as hero and individual style expressed in the way one dressed. An artist became a special type of person, not merely a crafts person, but a kind of eccentric genius whose creativity was displayed in the way they lived and looked. The artist himself (or herself) was a piece of art.”

 

 

Fast forwarded history, the ideological basis of bohemian style got transformed from the initial idea of expression of art and individualism in it`s non-materialistic version with presumably poor hygiene into a pricey fashion statement that dominates runways (Desigual is one of the companies that promotes the beauty of this style, see also Chloe SS18 collection). At the same time, during it`s 200 years history, boho style did not change the general principles of clothes style like it`s characteristic flowing dresses and layers with ethnic motifs from natural fabrics.

So what happens now? In my opinion, today boho chic is a way to express comfort and individualism more than the intellectual and artistic class. The visual attractiveness perhaps, is one of the major reasons that detached boho style from it`s initial poor economic but artistic origin. Such detachment  ironically, once more allowed this style to  gain its freedom from social cliche.

 

A philosophy behind styling red leather with leopard to look edgy and not vulgar

This is one of the all-times interesting combination but at the same time one of the trickiest to pull. It highlights the sexiness and dynamic lifestyle but at the same time, a little mistake leads to a super vulgar look that I believe, many ladies would like to avoid. Here I provide a quick tip how to overcome this caveat. 

 

After a certain age and curve volume, ladies typically opt between two choices: to coverup and mask their shape with neutral colors or to continue wearing mini and body hugging dress from jersey to highlight their sexuality. This in part is dictated by their profession and their lifestyle, and not always by the wish to look great. Being at certain age and weight category, I face the very same dilemma. Therefore, the example of red leather and leopard combo is a great place to discuss a stylistic philosophy that I advocate. More specifically, I state that every woman can wear anything she likes and style it in a graceful and interesting manner. It is all about quality, texture and shape.

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So here are two major points that allow to wear even leather- leopard outfit at any age and weight group and to feel dynamic and comfortable:

  1. No mini. The presence of mini downgrades this look to vulgar.
  2. The quality of material and items should be good. Doesn’t mean expensive. However, transparent leopard might cost a lot but very often looks cheap. Materials like jersey do not hold the shape. In this case, it is critical to have a defined shape to provide a solid polished look. I opted for a blazer. It goes well with jeans too and can be worn to office with white shirt.

Have fun!

P.S. A little remark: beige color often upgrades the outfit, so add it to have a more polished look.

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